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Tailgate wiring harness replacement??

Old 12-13-2018, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by bgv4 View Post
...Has anyone used the official bmw kit for their repair or seen the instructions referenced in the parts diagram? In the parts diagram for the repair kits, it appears to have plugs, which with my soldiering skills (or lack there of) would be preferred. Thanks in advance for your help!

Here's the diagram i am speaking of for reference:

RealOEM.com - Online BMW Parts Catalog
Digging this portion of the thread up from the dead (2012) just to relay my own experience for everyone. I just bought my wagon and previous owner has the dealership invoices showing all new factory wiring loom replacement on both sides of the hatch to repair multiple issues back in January of 2016.

I inspected everything in the hatch and spoiler area and I can't tell if it was new or old, but previous owner and I both knew it has the nonfunctioning rear wiper and rear hatch issue now (right side loom), so I will need to inspect both sides just to see how well the replacement wiring has held up. Not very hopeful at all. Seems like it's about a 3yr fix if that, with the factory-defective harnesses, so I'm very curious about the SenCom patches.

Who has had the SenCom patches installed the longest, and what's the general consensus on how they're doing, how long it'll all supposedly last, etc?

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Old 12-16-2018, 02:02 AM
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I did the Sencom wiring repairs almost 3 years ago - and I've had no issues since. The silicone insulation on that wiring really felt like top quality - very flexible - and the copper wiring was also very flexible - lots of individual filaments in the braid. The silicone should be much more heat resistant than the plastic insulation on factory wiring.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by gman6262 View Post
I did the Sencom wiring repairs almost 3 years ago - and I've had no issues since. The silicone insulation on that wiring really felt like top quality - very flexible - and the copper wiring was also very flexible - lots of individual filaments in the braid. The silicone should be much more heat resistant than the plastic insulation on factory wiring.
Outstanding, thank you for replying. Anyone else who's had it done for years, please weigh in.
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:45 AM
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Hi all, what kind of cable did you use to replace the old ones ? Just one of my cables ( right number plate light) is broken in half. Its the grey with black marking (Cable loom in hinge 4 ). When replacing grey/black marked cable does anyone know what cable to ask for ?

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Old 01-19-2019, 10:02 AM
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I'll recommend you change them all - once one has broken, many more will follow. It's a big job to splice the entire harness, but you won't be doing them all one at a time over the space of a year. Just some friendly advice. The gray / black wire is 0.5mm2, looked it up in my Bentley manual. If possible, purchase wire with silicone jacketing which is more flexible than plastic jacketing, particularly in cold weather. Good luck with your repair.
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